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The Battleship U.S.S. New Jersey, BB-62
  Part I

Below are some pictures of Bob Boling and myself at work. Bob and I were both sent aboard at Capt. J. Edward Snyder's request. He wanted Buglers for Port and Starboard duty. Several months into the cruise, Bob decided to drop out and I took over the duties singularly.

This official U.S. Navy photo was circulated amongst magazines and newspapers all over the fleet and back in the 'States'. It even made its way to my home town paper and the Los Angeles Times.

Those little Bugle patches were hard to find. After coming around through the Panama Canal I checked every "sailor shop" in San Diego for the patches. I heard about them from our Naviagion Chief Tucker. I found this little shop on the very West end of Broadway who had them left over from WWII. I bought all that he had and split them with Bob. Looking at the photo above you can see we already had the patches sewn on professionally.

Later I asked Captain Snyder who we are since we are neither musicians (MU) or Quartermasters (QM) and we were certainly something more than a Seaman. He seemed to understand my odd queery precisely and said "QMB", Quartermaster Bugler. Come to find out that rate had not been used since 1947, soon after WWII. Navigation still maintained a bugler up until the early 50's, I believe and phased it out in lieu of tape recordings. I have conflicting information on the rate which requires more research.

The above official U.S. Navy photo of Bob Boling was sent recently to me by Admiral Snyder. I'm glad he had this on file. The Admiral was gracious to phone me after my email to him. For many years I tried to contact the Admiral with no success. The advent of Internet E-mail and the help of shipmates I was able to make contact.

Bob Boling was primarily a very good trombonist. He lucked out, like me, to become a Bugler on the New Jersey. He later became a first rate Quartermaster.

It's rare for me to pose for a photograph for myself. There must be hundreds of photos where I've posed with guests and officers including admirals during my stay aboard the New Jersey. I'm sorry, but I was never one to collect pictures of myself.

However, Boatswains mate Swan encouraged me to pose in front of the "bullet" one day while in Subic Bay. So he took two shots. They are the only ones I have with a bugle. "Thanks, 'Boats'.

Me, 'attitude'? There was no such expression used back then. But, yeah, I had 'attitude.' I was real gung ho and didn't shy away from it. I had a job to do and I was intent upon doing whatever it took to do it correctly. I'm afraid I wasn't liked by a couple of my ship mates. But they had issues with military life as a whole anyway.

Bob Boling got the brunt of my criticisms, however. I admire his courage "under fire" as I was relentless in getting every Bugle call out correctly and on time. There was no room for error. And when I made a rare error there was always someone to point it out to both of us. I have to admire Bob for putting up with me as well as he did. A true gentleman of Kentucky, Bob made his concerns known to me and was very gracious in bowing out of the Bugle gig.

I still feel strongly about precision. Even more so when you are the only one(s) and everyone is listening.

That's 'Boats' Swan on the quarter deck (above). I pursaded him to hold my Bugle for a photograph. I good turn he took the pictures of me above in front of the "bullet".

I had an interesting request from one of the 'Boat's to show hot to use hot wax to tune a pipe. Piping, bugling, flags and other forms of communication has been a avocation of mine all of my life. So I also gave tips on some of the piping calls in this series of three pictures. Odd. You wouldn't think I'd be helping out the competition.

Lastly is the 'N' Div. crew resting before or after morning muster. They look discouraged. We must have had bad news. Perhaps it was either me taking this picture or it was about the time we were heading home, turned around crossing the International Date Line and headed to South Korea. After which we turned around again and finally headed home. that was a bad week as Saturday is a work day and the whole ship ended up working three Saturdays in a row, literally!

The photo to the left is truly unfortunate. During leave upon returning from Vietnam, I discovered this little rotary valve trumpet, a Furst Pless from Europe and had to buy it. I brought it to the bridge just once after Capt. Snyder indicated his dissatisfaction for the instrument.
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